In a great EduTwitter chat hosted by Levi Allison (you find his great new blog here) recently a number of IB educators were discussing community involvement in the PYP Exhibition. With such a powerful learning experience, we want to find ways to reach beyond the walls of our school and into our local and global … Continue reading The PYP Exhibition – reaching beyond the school walls
Ask any teacher their thoughts on conferences and you’ll likely get a mixed response (even from just one individual). Conferences can be exhausting. Aside from the longer days as teachers stay after school to meet family, they can be mentally and emotionally tiring too. However, we learn so much about our students and their families, … Continue reading A Community Approach to Conferences
What are the IB Standards and Practices? The IB Standards and Practices are a set of criteria for schools to guide how they implement programmes. These criteria shape the purpose, learning, culture and environment of the school - you can find them here. How should my school be using them? It can be tempting to … Continue reading Understanding the IB Standards and Practices
In the face of a growing sense that homework is not effective for improving learning outcomes in primary age students, many teachers are facing the somewhat difficult question of what to do now. We take a look at the evidence, and the way forward from here. Does Homework Work? Evidence on homework is at best, … Continue reading No more homework? Finding a way to support learning at home that builds skills and understanding without killing creativity and fun
Recently there has been increased coverage in the media, especially in the UK, of teachers deciding to move overseas to continue their careers. Such as this story run by The Guardian; https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/13/why-british-teachers-fleeing-overseas-international-schools A number of factors such as high pressure to perform, under-funding, long hours, and poor workplace culture are combining with easier than ever … Continue reading Is International Teaching Right for Me?
This week we’re excited to launch a new series of blog posts: International Teaching: Everything you need to know. This series of 6 posts will be released over the coming few weeks and offer a wealth of information for teachers considering a move overseas, whether for the first time or the fifth. Click on the … Continue reading International Teaching: Everything you need to know.
As teachers we all understand the value of community building at the beginning of the year, and how important it is to establish connections, relationships and expectations. However, mid-year breaks can sometimes throw things off a little. Taking time to reconnect with each member of your class (and your colleagues!) can help smooth the transition … Continue reading 5 Ways to Reconnect with Your Students After a Break
Recently I’ve spent a lot of time in moderation meetings with many of our PYP teaching teams and our Instructional Coach for Literacy. Moderation is one word in a school that will make a number of teachers panic. Sadly, there’s an assumption that this is code for ‘let’s catch the teachers out’ - and I … Continue reading Moderation: a Learning Strategy for Teachers
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that I may make commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. Education publications move fast, and keeping up with new reads and great authors can be challenging at best! Here we round up some of the best releases … Continue reading Round Up: Best Education Books of 2019
It’s about 7:30 in the morning on a Wednesday morning in November and parents who usually drop their kids at the gate are slowly but surely filtering into our school auditorium. Myself and our leadership team are busy greeting parents and directing them one way and their very excited, dressed to the nines kids another. … Continue reading Showcasing Learning in the PYP